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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
AFC honors Jacoby Ford

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Oakland rookie receiver Jacoby Ford has been named the AFC special teams player of the week for his 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Raiders’ 23-20 overtime win over Kansas City on Sunday. Ford’s score opened the third quarter and gave the Raiders’ life. Kansas City was leading 10-7 at halftime.

Ford also had six catches for 148 yards, including two huge receptions at the end of regulation and in overtime to key Oakland’s win. Earlier Tuesday, we named Ford our AFC West High Energy player of the week.

Oakland rookie linebacker Rolando McClain promised to end his media silence if the Raiders sold out a game. He kept his word.

The Broncos have stuck to their guns and have not revisited contract talks with cornerback Champ Bailey. With a deal nearly finalized, Denver tabled the talks in October until after the season, when Bailey’s contract expires. He is expected to test the free-agent market if Denver doesn’t act quickly after the season to extend his contract.

San Diego cornerback Antoine Cason will have his No. 5 retired at the University of Arizona at halftime of the Arizona-USC game. Cason was an All-American and Jim Thorpe award winner for Arizona. He was a 2008 first-round pick. He is in his first season as a starter.

ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer believes the Chargers’ win at Houston on Sunday was huge.

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates said he believes Vincent Jackson will be ready to play at a high level when he returns from a holdout Nov. 28 at Indianapolis.

The Broncos signed tight end Daniel Coats. The fourth-year player has 18 career starts with Cincinnati. To make room for him, defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith was cut.

Denver named linebackers Wesley Woodyard its candidate for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Kansas City’s Brian Waters won the award last year.